(quote) Hope-1049882 said: No need for hi-tech tools to "improve" one's looks. Finding a friend who can take a flattering photo, from one's best side, in natural light, in a happy or peaceful moment, will do the trick.
I agree with Hope on this...it's the composition of the shot, and the personality captured and projected by it, that counts. Her current profile photo is certainly a good example of that.
That said, I am sympathetic to those tempted to "shop" their photos a "little bit". The detail resolved on close-up by an even moderately good digital camera can be pretty unsettling. That is especially the case for those who live alone and thus have seen few if any recent close photos of themselves, until needing some for a site like CM. It can be a shock to see how tough those megapixels can be on self-appraisal...worse than a mirror...worse even than that dang florescent lit "Dorian Gray nightmare" mirror in the restroom at my office .
Unless it is very skillfully done, it isn't particularly hard for anyone to detect where a photo has been "post-processed", as it's called. One of my F2F dates a while back was a woman about seven years younger. Just seeing her facial profile photo, it was apparent her face was "softened" quite a bit. I actually found that rather touching when I met her in person, because she was in reality very good-looking. I mean, here was a woman over 50 and remarkably pretty, yet she felt that she still needed a little "help" to get...from the visually demanding venue that CM undeniably is...a fair first chance to project the rest of her personality. I think she was at least being realistic...touchingly realistic, as I saw it.
Before needing some for CM a year ago, I had gone over a dozen years with only a couple photos taken of myself, and those were for purposes not nearly as demanding as drawing "romantic" interest. Needing something posted at first meant enduring the shock of seeing how aged I now seemed in the only two photos I then had at hand, so I gave them a "click" or two of the softening tool in a post-process app. One of those is the profile shot you see here. Now it has too many "likes" for me to want to ditch it .
But, I recently added new photos shot by a skillful friend with a nice DSLR... she knows me pretty well, knew what she wanted to capture about me, knew how to compose it...if you can put all that together, you won't even consider altering images. As Hope said, it's the way to go, believe me. But, not everyone has that skilled friend. So, like my ex-date, I don't see much wrong with giving the rest of yourself a chance to be met in person.